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Gallery | Country music star Chely Wright speaks to fans at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

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Country music star-gay activist Chely Wright is surrounded Saturday by United Way of Miami-Dade volunteers at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on Saturday.

Wright appeared at a United Way-sponsored screening of her autobiographical documentary, Wish Me Away. Afterward she answered audience questions about her life and the film.

Click the photo above to view a gallery from Saturday's events. All photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.

Coming up at the film festival on Sunday (click here for times and locations):

The Celluloid Closet

To compliment the screening of Vito, The MGLFF is proud to present Celluloid Closet, as its 2012 retrospective screening. Based on Vito Russo's book with the same name, this film surveys the various Hollywood screen depictions of gays and the attitudes behind them through the use of film clips and interviews.

The Muppets Take Manhattan

The Muppets graduate from college and decide to take their senior revue on the road. They hit the streets of Manhattan trying to sell their show to producers, finally finding one young and idealistic enough to take their show. After several mishaps and much confusion, things begin to come together for them.

Angel

Angel, a former boxer from Ecuador, is now a transsexual prostitute living in France. In his first trip home, he is confronted with the harsh reality of his country and an ambiguous relationship with his family. Angel offers compelling insight into the complexities of identity and economic struggle while telling the touching story of a remarkable individual and his fight for acceptance.

Seventh Gay Adventist

Seventh-Gay Adventists - Trailer from Stephen Eyer on Vimeo.

In this world premiere, faith, identity and sexuality collide as three gay and lesbian Seventh-day Adventists are caught between the church they know and love and their desire to be fully accepted for who they are. David loves Jesus and has spent five years in "ex-gay" therapy trying to become straight. But he is also falling in love with Colin and wondering if that can be okay. Marcos was a pastor who was fired for being gay, but he still feels called to minister. And Sherri wants her kids to grow up to be good Adventists, even though the church considers her same-sex relationship to be sinful. The film follows their raw and moving spiritual journeys as they wrestle with deep questions of identity and belonging.

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

This original mash-up of a "lo- fi" New York City romantic comedy and a sci-fi B-movie spoof tracks the misadventures of three aliens sent to Earth to rid themselves of romantic emotions. Zoinx, one of the aliens, falls for Jane, a mild mannered Earthling, and the feeling is mutual. While the two other aliens, Zylar (promiscuous and sassy) and Barr (codependent and clutchy) fall into an unfortunate romance with each other.

Men to Kiss

Come and enjoy the American Premier of this great comedy. Ernie is a buttoned up young banker who recently moved to Berlin, and is in a relationship with the artistic & flamboyant Tobie. Together they form an odd-couple relationship as they forge a life together. But what happens when Ernie's female friend Uta,a trained Israeli secret service agent who will do anything to get her "man" comes to town? Come and enjoy the American Premier of this great comedy.

Funkytown

1976. Montreal. Eight people who wanted to see and be seen at the trendiest disco will be juggling fame and anonymity until they will be forced to make sober choices in an era when excess was the norm and disco was king. Strong denial compels each character to make surprising decisions and to deal with the consequences that result.

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Living in Miami, I naturally went there and thought the festival went great. I look forward to next year and to promoting the event.

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